Boeing has begun final assembly of the first 737 MAX 8, the very first member of its new fuel efficient single aisle family. Once the first fuselage arrived at Boeing’s Renton plant on August 21, technicians began installing insulation blankets, wiring, flight systems, hydraulics, and air conditioning systems. Afterwards, Boeing mechanics moved the new fuselage over to the wing-to-body section of the plant and connected the wings to the fuselage. Read more >>

Posted on September 22, 2015 John Smith Aviation Manufacturers

In the first quarter of 2015, BAE Systems was awarded a contract to provide critical readiness support to US Army Space & Missile Defense Command. The initial contract value is USD$11.8 million. Under the Concepts and Operations for Space and Missile Defense Integration Capabilities (COSMIC) contract which covers indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, support from BAE will last for two years. Total value of the contract will reach USD$23 million. The contract has been held by BAE Systems since its inception in 2006. Read more >>

Posted on February 23, 2015 John Smith Aviation Manufacturers

Lockheed Martin has reached the achievement of Milestone C with the United States Army for making their Vehicle Optics Sensor System (VOSS) program the standard sensor package on mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles. Read more >>

Posted on February 17, 2015 John Smith Aviation Manufacturers

As part of the Taiwan Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon radar upgrade program, Northrop Grumman has agreed to supply 142 SABR radars. By optimizing the radar system within the existing power and cooling allocations of legacy F-16s, Northrop will ensure the F-16’s relevance for several more decades. In February 2015, Northrop Grumman secured a contract from Lockheed Martin to begin production of their APG-83 scalable agile beam radar (SABR). The APG-83 SABR is a multi-function active electronically scanned array (AESA) fire control radar. Read more >>

Posted on February 5, 2015 John Smith Aviation Manufacturers

Though headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Eaton is a premier American power management firm that provides energy-efficient solutions to manage mechanical, electric, and hydraulic power. Established in 1911, Eaton operates as four business groups: the Electrical segment, the Hydraulics segment, the Vehicle segment, and the Aerospace segment. The Aerospace division operates out of Irvine, California, and is a global provider of jet fuel, advanced hydraulic systems, pneumatic systems, propulsion sub-systems, and cockpit interface and circuit protection apparatuses for the civil and military aerospace markets. For the fiscal year 2013, Eaton boasted sales of US$23 billion, with the Aerospace division covering about 13% of sales. Wildly prolific, Eaton has its testing systems, hydraulics, fuel systems, actuation controls, and air distribution systems integrated onto high-profile projects such as the Airbus A380 jetliner, Boeing 787 Dreamliner, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, and Rolls-Royce Trent XWB turbofan jet engine. Eaton’s array of aerospace solutions includes the following: Read more >>

Posted on September 24, 2014 John Smith Aviation Manufacturers

Cessna Aircraft Company, a US-based general aviation corporation, has reached a milestone in its business due to the major success of its business jet program. The two new business aircraft that Cessna has introduced as part of its light jet family, along with 6 other aircraft, is a major production success that is expected to re-energize its business and corporate jet business. The first of these two aircraft, The Citation Latitude, is a superlight, 2,500nm range aircraft that has recently begun full-assembly line production. It boasts such new technological features such as automated robotics and ergonomically-friendly tooling stations. The Citation M2, a 1,580nm range twinjet aircraft of the same family, has already gained European approval.
The popularity of these business aircraft are reflected in the backlog of Cessna orders, with 27 Latitudes and 10 M2s on backorder Cessna, a general aviation manufacturing company founded in 1927, operates as a subsidiary of the aerospace conglomerate Textron Aviation, which reports $4.6 billion in annual revenue and includes the brands of Beechcraft, Cessna, and Hawker. Cessna’s subsidiary is McCauley Propeller Systems, which is a well-known manufacturer of composite propellers. Cessna, which employs 8,500 people, is most well-known for its small, piston-powered aircraft. It’s current models in production are the Cessna 172, 182, 206, 208, 400, 510, 525, 560XL, 680, and 750.
The Cessna 172 Skyhawk in particular, a four-seat, single engine, high wing, fixed-wing aircraft, is one of the most successful aircraft ever produced in the world. Ever since its maiden flight in 1955, Cessna has produced more 172s than any other aircraft, with over 60,000 built. ASAP Semiconductor, through our proprietary website AFR Enterprises, strives to be a premier distributor and one-stop shop for all your Cessna Aircraft spare parts requirements. We carry and support both current and obsolete product lines and can help you meet your procurement needs. Contact us today at for a quote.

Posted on September 4, 2014 John Smith Aviation Manufacturers

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